OTC Drug Addiction

About Over-the-Counter Drug Addiction

There are many myths and misconceptions when it comes to drug addiction. Some people believe that if their addiction is something new, then they really don’t have a problem and don’t need help. Another myth that is dangerous is the belief that an addiction isn’t severe enough to seek help. Still, others believe that prescription or over-the-counter drug addiction is not a problem. Because it takes a short time to become addicted, you shouldn’t let the length of time you’ve been using to determine your need for rehab. It is imperative to stop an addiction before your life unravels and you suffer dire consequences.

Addiction Length

If you’ve noticed that you’re taking more of a drug to get the desired effects, it is possible that you’ve become dependent upon that drug. You might be surprised at the short amount of time that is needed for you to become addicted. Even over-the-counter (OTC) drugs can be a problem. With such drugs that you can buy whenever you want, you may not think you would need to worry about OTC drug addiction. However, having access to such medications whenever you want them can lead to such an addiction.

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Addiction Severity

You may feel that an OTC drug addiction isn’t severe enough to warrant getting help. However, OTC drugs can be just as dangerous and have many of the same consequences as illicit drugs when used improperly. Just because you’re not a heavy user of certain drugs certainly doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek help for your addiction. The unfortunate truth about drug addiction is that as your body builds a tolerance to the substance, you will need to take more and more of the drug to get the same desired effects. So, even though you may feel your addiction isn’t severe, if left unchecked it will become severe and you may see your life spiral out of control. The most prominent negative effects of using drugs include:

  • Strained relationships
  • School and work problems
  • Financial troubles
  • Health problems

Therefore, even when dealing with an OTC drug addiction, it is best to seek help before you find yourself severely addicted and unable to get the help you need. The longer you let your addiction go, the harder it will be to break free. By getting help early, you’ll avoid many of the problems associated with long-term drug addiction.

Addiction Type

The belief that certain medications aren’t dangerous or addictive because they have been prescribed by a doctor or are drugs you can buy at the store is very misleading. Misusing drugs can lead to many problems and even death in extreme circumstances. It doesn’t matter if you are taking prescribed medicine, OTC medications or recreational drugs. One can be just as dangerous as the other. Therefore, if you feel you have developed an OTC drug addiction, the single most important thing you can do for yourself is to seek rehab.

Once you’ve made the decision to seek help, you can be confident that a healthcare team will be ready to assist you and lead you to a great outcome. You will be closely monitored during the detox process. Since this can be quite uncomfortable, your doctors may prescribe medications to lessen the symptoms of withdrawal. A care plan will also be developed to help you overcome your addiction and keep you on the road to recovery. Support services, such as group therapy and support groups, will also be available to help you after rehab. With the proper care, you’ll be able to enjoy life again without drugs.

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